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Torrington Public Schools

 From the Nurse

 

Physical Exams 

All students entering the Torrington school system for the first time and all students in 6th and 9th grades must present written evidence of a complete health assessment including all mandated elements as indicated on the State of Connecticut Health Assessment form (blue form). 

 



Immunizations for certain communicable diseases are required by Connecticut State Law for every child entering school. Ensuring your child is immunized on time provides the best defense against any dangerous childhood diseases.

  Immunization Requirements for Students Attending Connecticut Schools

2013-2014

PRESCHOOL
(Children entering between 24-59 months of age)
DTaP:            4 doses
Polio:            3 doses
MMR:           1 dose on or after 1st birthday
Hep B:          3 doses, last one on or after 24weeks of age
Varicella:       1 dose on or after 1st birthday or verification of disease
Hib:              1 dose on or after 1st birthday Pneumococcal: 1 dose on or after 1st birthday
Influenza:      1 dose administered each year between August 1st-December 31st
(2 doses separated by at least 28 days required for those receiving flu for the first time)
Hepatitis A:   2 doses given six calendar months apart, 1st dose on or after 1st birthday

KINDERGARTEN 
DTaP:            At least 4 doses. The last dose must be given on or after 4th birthday
Polio:            At least 3 doses. The last dose must be given on or after 4th birthday
MMR:            2 doses separated by at least 28 days, 1st dose on or after 1st birthday
Hep B:           3 doses, last dose on or after 24 weeks of age
Varicella:        2 doses separated by at least 3 months-1st dose on or after 1st birthday; or verification of disease
Hib:               1 dose on or after 1st birthday for children less than 5 years old
Pneumococcal: 1 dose on or after 1st birthday for children less than 5 years old
Hepatitis A:    2 doses given six calendar months apart, 1st dose on or after 1st birthday

GRADE 1
DTaP:            At least 4 doses. The last dose must be given on or after 4th birthday.
Polio:            At least 3 doses. The last dose must be given on or after 4th birthday
MMR:           2 doses separated by at least 28 days, 1st dose on or after 1st birthday
Hep B:          3 doses, last dose on or after 24 weeks of age
Varicella:       2 doses separated by at least 3 months-1st dose on or after 1st birthday; or verification of disease
Hepatitis A:   2 doses given six calendar months apart, 1st dose on or after 1st birthday

GRADE 2
DTaP/Td:       At least 4 doses. The last dose must be given on or after 4th birthday.
Students who start the series at age 7 or older only need a total of 3 doses.
Polio:            At least 3 doses. The last dose must be given on or after 4th birthday
MMR:           2 doses separated by at least 28 days, 1st dose on or after 1st birthday
Hep B:          3 doses, last dose on or after 24 weeks of age
Varicella:       2 doses separated by at least 3 months-1st dose on or after 1st birthday; or verification of disease

GRADES 3-6
DTaP /Td/Tdap:  At least 4 doses. The last dose must be given on or after 4th birthday.
Students who start the series at age 7 or older only need a total of 3 doses.
Polio:           At least 3 doses. The last dose must be given on or after 4th birthday
MMR:          2 doses separated by at least 28 days, 1st dose on or after 1st birthday
Hep B:         3 doses, last dose on or after 24 weeks of age
Varicella:     1 dose on or after the 1st birthday; or verification of disease

GRADES 7-9
Tdap/Td:           1 dose for students who have completed their primary DTaP series.
Students who start the series at age 7 or older only need a total of 3 doses of tetanus-diphtheria containing vaccine, one of which must be Tdap
Polio:               At least 3 doses. The last dose must be given on or after 4th birthday
MMR:               2 doses separated by at least 28 days, 1st dose on or after 1st birthday
Meningococcal: 1 dose
Hep B:              3 doses, last dose on or after 24 weeks of age
Varicella:           2 doses separated by at least 3 months-1st dose on or after 1st birthday; or verification of disease

GRADE 10-12
Td/Tdap:           At least 3 doses. The last dose must be given on or after 4th birthday
Students who start the series at age 7 or older only need a total of 3 doses one of which should be Tdap.
Polio:               At least 3 doses. The last dose must be given on or after 4th birthday
MMR:              2 doses separated by at least 28 days, 1st dose on or after 1st birthday
Hep B:             3 doses, last dose on or after 24 weeks of age
Varicella:          For students less than 13 years of age 1 dose given on or after 1st birthday 13 for unvaccinated students 13 years of age or older,
2 doses given at least 4 weeks apart; or verification of disease
Important Reminders:
  • DTaP vaccine is not given on or after the 7th birthday and may be given for all doses in the primary series.
  • Tdap can be given in lieu of Td vaccine for children 7 years and older unless contraindicated. Tdap is only licensed for one dose.
  • Hib is not required for children 5 years of age or older.
  • Pneumococcal is required for all Pre-K and K students born on or after 1/1/2007 and less than 5 years of age.
  • Hepatitis A requirement for school year 2013-14 applies to all Pre-K, K, and 1st grade students born on or after 1/1/2007.
  • Hep B requirement for school year 2013-2014 applies to all students in grades K-12.

    Spacing intervals for a valid Hep B series: at least 4 weeks between doses 1 and 2; 8 weeks between doses 2 and 3;
    at least 16 weeks between doses 1 and 3; dose 3 should not be given before 24 weeks of age.
  • Second MMR for school year 2013-2014 applies to all students in grades K-12.
  • Lab confirmation of immunity is only acceptable for Hep B, Hep A, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, and Varicella.
  • VERIFICATION OF VARICELLA DISEASE: Confirmation in writing by a MD, PA, or APRN that the child has a previous history of disease,
    based on family or medical history.

For the full legal requirements for school entry visit www.ct.gov/dph/cwp/view.asp?a=3136&Q=467374&PM=1

New Entrant Definition:
*New entrants are any students who are new to the school district, including preschoolers and all students coming in from Connecticut private,
parochial and charter schools located in the same or another community. All students entering kindergarten, including those moving from
any public or private pre-school program, even in the same school district, are considered new entrants.
The one exception is students returning from private approved special education placements–they are not considered new entrants.

 Commonly Administered Vaccines:

Vaccine:                                                   Brand Name:
DTaP-IPV-Hib                                             Pentacel
DTaP-HIB                                                   TriHibit
HIB-Hep B                                                  Comvax
DTaP-IPV-Hep B                                         Pediarix
Hepatitis A                                                 Havrix, Vaqta
MMRV                                                       ProQuad
PCV7                                                         Prevnar
PCV13                                                       Prevnar 13
DTaP-IPV                                                   Kinrix
Influenza                                                    Fluzone, FluMist, Fluviron, Fluarix

 ADMINISTRATION of MEDICATIONS 

  • Medications including “over the counter” are given only with written authorization of the parent and authorized prescriber (MD, NP, PA, dentist). A Medication Administration Authorization form must be completed.
  • Certified staff may legally administer medications if the nurse is not available.
  • Medication must be delivered in and administered from the original container clearly labeled with the name of the student, prescriber, and medication, with directions for dosage and date of original prescription. All medications must be delivered to the school nurse by the parent or a designated adult.
  • Students are never allowed to carry medications except for fast acting inhalers and epi-pens.To self-carry those medications students must have written approval by the prescriber, parent and school nurse. A Medication Administration Authorization form must be completed.

  


 SCREENINGS

Vision screenings are administered to students in Kindergarten, 1st – 6th grades and 9th grade

Hearing screenings are administered to students in Kindergarten, 1st – 3rd grades and 8th grade

Postural (scoliosis) screenings are administered to students in 5th – 9th grades.

 


HUSKY Health Insurance  

HUSKY is the Connecticut state children's health insurance program available to children and teens through the age of 18. For more information visit the HUSKYwebsite or call toll free 877-284-8759.

 


 

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